Morocco: ClimBeR Inception Workshop Report

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The CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience, ClimBeR, aims to transform the climate adaptation capacity of food, land, and water systems in Morocco and five other countries, ultimately increasing the resilience of smallholder production systems to withstand severe climate change effects like drought, flooding, and high temperatures.

Morocco recently faced one of the nation’s worst droughts in decades, posing significant risks to farmers. Rainfall was 64 percent below average across the nation early 2022. The loss of productive assets and human capital, coupled with the effect of uncertainty on agricultural investments, stymie smallholders’ efforts to improve livelihoods, exacerbating poverty and social tensions.

In Morocco, the momentum is high for enhancing farmers’ climate resilience. Following the achievements of the Green Morocco Plan, Morocco’s Green Generation Strategy 2020-2030 aims to improve water use efficiency, strengthen agricultural insurance programs, and increase access to climate finance. Further, the National Strategic Adaptation Plan (PNSA) 2020-2030 acknowledges the need for transformative adaptation interventions to reduce risk to vulnerable groups. It aims to improve climate information, adopt a strategic governance plan, and enhance resilience of the agriculture sector. The ClimBeR Initiative directly contributes to these goals.

ClimBeR in collaboration with Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) organized a workshop to bring stakeholders together to co-produce knowledge and innovations that could contribute to building systemic resilience against climate variability and extremes in Morocco. The main objective of this workshop was to develop a common vision and an action plan on how ClimBeR can support and strengthen climate adaptation efforts in Morocco.

Rose, S., Valencia, L., Hodur, J. and Govind, A.

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